CENTER MISSION STATEMENT
The K-State Center for Child Development provides a family-centered early childhood program in a professional and nurturing environment that meets the developmental and educational needs of children, incorporates the experiences and values of all families and encourages children to explore their diverse world.
An exemplary early childhood learning program for children with environments designed for living as well as for learning – a place where dreams and imaginations are fueled, a place where children, families and staff can build connections with each other, the larger community and the natural world. A place where teachers and staff love to work; where children and families love to be; where children feel nurtured, secure, and relaxed; where children grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually; where staff are committed to nurturing and celebrating diversity; where communication and relationships are fostered. In our neighborhood, learners are young and old, friendships are formed, knowledge is shared, creativity is nurtured, conflicts are resolved, needs are met, growth is celebrated, and relationships are formed among families and between families and staff.
STAFF CREED AND OUR VALUES
I will pursue excellence, integrity and professionalism in creating supportive relationships with children, parents and fellow staff members; when I receive a question or concern from a parent, I own it until it is resolved. The decisions I make for my classroom will reflect the CCD mission and philosophy statements. I will keep children safe and healthy, will treat them with respect and will help them explore, understand and celebrate the world around them.
I will do my best to model, to children, parents and other staff members, the CCD Values of
- Physical and Emotional Safety
As a vital department within the University, the Center for Child Development (CCD) supports the mission of the CCD and the mission of Kansas State University while maintaining a positive atmosphere for children, families and staff.
We understand that children thrive when they are safe, healthy, nurtured and secure. We provide a learning environment that stimulates children’s minds and creativity, as well as supports individualized care and learning for each child. We believe that children should be engaged in meaningful activities and interactions that focus on physical, emotional, social, creative and intellectual development. We recognize children as competent, capable learners and their ability to be active participants in their own learning. The focus of planning curriculum and the learning environment is to increase each child’s love for learning, love of reading, appreciation of the arts, social competence and a strong connection to nature and the world around them. Children:
- are engaged in stimulating learning that is meaningful to their lives
- have a healthy, safe and secure environment
- are active participants in their own learning
- explore, study, create, and care for others and the world around them
The Center’s learning environment is centered on community, building and maintaining connections, and the development of lasting relationships. An environment where staff and families have positive relationships is essential for the development and socialization of children at our Center. We believe that strong partnerships between teachers and parents, as well as positive relations with the surrounding neighborhoods and communities are the cornerstones to a solid educational foundation for our children. We believe that our world is diverse and it is vital for children to recognize, appreciate, and understand the diversity found within our families and our community.
Our learning environment is planned to create and maintain:
- community and connections
- positive and lasting relationships
- partnerships between teachers and parents in the task of successfully raising children
- appreciation of diversity
- appreciation of the natural world
We believe children need teachers who are knowledgeable in early childhood education best practices and are consistent over time to develop relationships with children and families. Center staff are committed professionals with integrity, whose focus is providing the best early childhood experience for children. Center administrators strive to create an atmosphere in which ideas are expressed openly and heard respectfully and decisions are made based on what is best for the children, families and staff. We provide children and staff with a safe and educational environment where their potential is nurtured and the inherent dignity and worth of each child, parent and staff member is highly valued.
It is vital to quality early care and education that
- staff members are educated early childhood professionals and are valued and supported
- Children and families are valued and supported
- decisions are based on what is best for children, families and staff